Junior Overseas Minister V Muraleedharan has dismissed aspersions on the situation of the runway in Kerala’s Kozhikode “tabletop” airport, the place a Boeing 737 NG of Air India Specific broke in two after touchdown final evening, killing 18 together with the 2 pilots. The airplane that got here from Dubai had 184 on board.
The Union Minister advised NDTV around 100 flights have landed at Kozhikode airport since Could 7 underneath the Vande Bharat Mission that brings dwelling Indians who’re stranded overseas amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I used to be briefed by the airport authorities that there was heavy rain and the primary touchdown try was unsuccessful. When it landed within the second try the plane skid in direction of the left and it crashed into the facet and broke into items,” Muraleedharan advised NDTV.
“Yesterday itself the Civil Aviation Minister clarified that the sooner reviews in regards to the situation of the runway has nothing to do with yesterday’s incident. We’ve a few tabletop airports within the nation, however whether or not these airports are match to proceed is a bigger query. Having stated that, I would wish to remind you that from Could 7 onwards, greater than 100 flights underneath the Vande Bharat Mission have landed at Kozhikode. So tabletop runway can’t be dominated out utterly,” the minister advised NDTV.
“However on the identical time in such climate circumstances how a tabletop airport can show to be hazardous is one other query. I perceive that the pilot who was manning the plane yesterday was a really skilled particular person, who has served within the Indian Air Pressure. He has many accomplishments to his credit score,” the Union Minister stated.
He stated the planes that landed at Kozhikode since Could 7 embody wide-body plane that may carry as much as 300 individuals, declaring that the runway was greater than able to dealing with the narrow-body Boeing 737 NG that crashed yesterday.
A tabletop runway sits on top of a plateau or hill with one or each ends adjoining to a steep elevation, which drops right into a gorge. Such an airport presents a difficult situation for touchdown.
The minister stated 120 individuals have been admitted in 13 hospitals in Kozhikode. “A few of them have minor accidents, and after first help they’ve been allowed to go dwelling. I reached Kozhikode early morning. The Civil Aviation Minister can be reaching. We’ll go to the crash website and after that I’ll go to the hospitals to fulfill the injured,” Mr Muraleedharan advised NDTV.
The final main airplane crash in India was in 2010 when an Air India Specific Boeing 737-800 from Dubai to Mangalore overshot the runway and burst into flames. The crash killed 158 individuals and left eight survivors.
Kerala has been battered by heavy rains in latest days.